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British Gypsum is calling on experienced plasterers across the UK to join its Certified Plasterers Scheme, which helps put homeowners in contact with reputable plasterers, following a successful trial in Nottinghamshire.

The Grosvenor Estate is engaged in a controversial bid to redevelop Newson’s Timber Yard on Pimlico Road, Belgravia. The developer plans to convert the 175-year-old timber yard into high end residential and large retail units.

The Competition and Markets Authority has accepted Breedon’s undertakings in lieu of a reference to a Phase 2 investigation in respect of its proposed acquisition of Hope Construction Materials.

The Timbmet Group has reported a third year of stabilising revenues and improving both their gross and net profitability. Timbmet has continued to build on its strengths and invested into its core business.

Breedon Aggregates announced unaudited results on 21 July for the six months up to 30 June 2016.

Neil Schofield is head of external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group.

The verdict on the Green Deal is in, with MPs describing the scheme as ‘abysmal’, overly complex and requiring excessive paperwork.

It can’t be denied that the phenomenon that is Pokémon Go has taken the country by storm. On the one hand, it is being praised for encouraging people to leave the comfort of their sofas and take some exercise, but on the other, it is being described as a health and safety nightmare waiting to happen.

Nearly half of the UK’s homeowners taking part in a survey by VELUX are planning to carry out home improvements over the next six months.

From 8 to 9 July, Frank Howard Tools & Fixings, held their annual show at Chelmsford City Racecourse. Over 1,000 people passed through the doors of the successful yearly event which featured over 30 big name brands, including Bosch, Makita, Festool, Paslode, Snickers and Draper.

Against a backdrop of the ongoing consultation on the design of the new Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, The Academic-Practitioner Partnership has published a paper to highlight the one-sided approach to housing policy.

Drain Center has expanded its flagship branch in Tonbridge with a £120k investment. The branch has undergone a structural and operational overhaul to ensure it is best placed to serve the demands of the buoyant construction market in London.

MKM Kings Lynn branch.

MKM Building Supplies has launched two new showrooms, representing a £60k investment in its expanding kitchen and bathroom offering.

Students note down what they think a builders' merchant does.

The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) recently exhibited at the Livery Schools Link (LSL) Showcase in Guildhall to help raise the profile of the industry among young students.

Theresa May’s decision to scrap the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is alarming as it signals that improving the energy efficiency of our existing buildings has been pushed further down the list of government priorities, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The BMF’s annual team building event, the Mastermerchant challenge, was won for the second year running by MKM’s Norwich branch.

CEMEX UK has invested in a new readymix concrete batching plant at Moreton Valence in Gloucestershire. Costing £0.7m the new plant replaces the existing plant in Gloucester, just over eight miles away.

H+H has launched a new website dedicated to the self-build sector. The Lifetime House website provides information about building a home using traditional masonry construction, discussing the performance characteristics of aircrete and explaining its role in building a home.

ForgeFix has staged two 24-hour customer events: dubbed ’24 hours with ForgeFix’, the events enabled stockists of ForgeFix products to learn more about the company’s offerings before being able to network in the evening.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been axed as part of new Prime Minister Theresa May's first Cabinet reshuffle.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is leading calls for urgent talks with the government over the impact of Brexit on the construction industry.

Nine installers have come away from Worcester, Bosch Group with a brand new boiler made with their own hands, after testing their skills on the manufacturer’s factory floor.

HSS Hire Group has opened its largest ever customer distribution centre in Wales, creating up to 65 new jobs over the next three years.

Selco’s new branch in Chessington is now open for business.

The chief executive of Selco Builders Warehouse has revealed that it will continue its strong expansion strategy after unveiling its latest branch.

The Construction Product Association's (CPA) latest State of Trade Survey reports continued growth in sales of construction products in the second quarter of 2016.

Trade supplier Screwfix, welcomed local Member of Parliament Theresa May to its new Maidenhead store on Friday 8 July, prior to the announcement that she would become the next Conservative Party leader and UK Prime Minister.

The House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee has begun an inquiry into the failure of household energy-efficiency schemes - and the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has submitted views on what went wrong with the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation.

Anglia Tool Centre expands trading radius with three new showrooms.

Anglia Tool Centre has expanded its offline trading radius with showroom openings in both Oxford and West Midlands, strengthening its position as one of the leading power tool retailers in the UK.

Arbor Forest Products invests in MDF success.

Arbor Forest Products has invested £2.8m in a new MDF production unit that will double the company’s capacity.

The Brick Development Association (BDA), the body that represents the clay brick and paver industries in the United Kingdom, has responded to recent comment about the state of the construction industry.

John Savage, managing director of Flame Heating Spares, has been named the Institute of Directors' (IOD) North East Young Director of the Year at the annual IoD Yorkshire & North East awards.

On 24 June, the Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe, visited the Cawthorne manufacturing facilities of Naylor Drainage, to see first hand Naylor's extensive Clay and Plastic pipe manufacturing facilities and meet many of Naylor's 380 employees.

Jewson has announced the winners of its 2016 Building Better Communities competition, awarding 28 projects from across the UK a share of the £250,000 prize fund.

Tickets for BMF Members' Day have sold out two months in advance of the event, which takes place on 20 and 21 September.

Left to right: Simon Marks, Aidan Forshaw, David Langston, and Steven Inness.

A Gateshead-based heating and plumbing equipment wholesaler has opened a showroom and expanded its product offering, thanks to a six-figure working capital facility from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Wienerberger is celebrating after one of its apprentices was named a double award winner at the annual Apprenticeship Awards. Mitchell Bates, a Wienerberger advanced apprentice at the company’s Hartlebury site, was named First Year BTEC Electrical Engineering Student of the Year, and also won the Most Improved Apprentice of the Year award.

Travis Perkins Managed Services, which provides maintenance materials and supply chain planning for public sector organisations, has been awarded the Supplier Quality Mark by Tpas, the tenant engagement company.

Greg Crofts, E H Smith’s health and safety manager, with the RoSPa Gold medals.

EH Smith Builders Merchants has been awarded the Gold Medal at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Awards for its outstanding commitment to occupational health and safety and in recognition of having won nine consecutive golds awards since 2008.

Left to right: Bradstone's Toby Stuart-Jervis and winner Robert Knight.

Landscape installer, Robert Knight of Red Oak Landscaping & Garden Services, has won an Isuzu D-Max Utah 4x4 pick-up truck as part of a celebratory competition to mark the 60th anniversary of hard landscaping manufacturer, Bradstone.

The W.Howard Group has acquired a 4575 sq ft site in Leigh, Lancashire to relocate two of its businesses, Eccleston Engineering and RC Perry. 

Labour MP Steve Rotheram, alongside Labour MP for St. Helens South and Whiston Marie Rimmer, toured Knauf Insulation’s plant recently to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to supporting businesses in the six boroughs of Liverpool.

Bristan has announced the winner of its first ‘Designer Collection Showroom of the Year’ award.

New construction statistics for June from Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI, which show the weakest sector performance for seven years, are a cautionary sign of the damage that current uncertainty is causing to the building industry, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned.

The Construction Products Association (CPA) has responded to the sharp fall seen in the UK Construction Purchasing Managers Index during the month of June.

Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), a software supplier of software to the merchant industry, has reached an agreement to acquire Mincron Software Systems, based in Houston, Texas, and its successful suite of products.

John Newcomb: "The absence of clarity on how the Apprenticeships’ Levy will operate in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is concerning.”

With less than nine months’ to go until the start of the Apprenticeships’ Levy, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has issued a briefing paper to all its members to outline changes that the UK government is making to the way apprenticeships are structured and financed.

Chris Hufflett (centre), BSS managing director, presenting the award to Richard Trevaskis (centre right), George Fischer’s sales managing director.

BSS Industrial has awarded George Fischer its Supplier of the Year award for 2016.

Phil Hurley is managing director at NIBE.

The UK’s fifth carbon budget, announced in parliament on 30 June, 2016, by Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has set out a new legally binding emissions reduction target for 2030.

Branch manager Kevin Simper, operations director David Lincoln and the Weybridge team officially opening the branch.

Champion Timber enjoyed a successful opening event for its 10th branch on 28 June.

As parts of its strategic expansion Russell Roof Tiles is supporting growth in the merchant sector with targeting marketing activity.

As the construction industry’s charity, CRASH’s focus is on helping homeless and hospice charities with their buildings.

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